KNOWLEDGE OF BASIC BIOSTATISTICS AND RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AMONG TEACHING STAFF OF MEDICAL SCIENCES COLLEGES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DUHOK
Background: Doctors and academicians should have a basic understanding of the methods of epidemiology and biostatistics so as to conduct, analyze and report results of medical research. Surveys of medical literature estimated a high rate of wrong or incorrect analyses and interpretation. The main objective of this study was to assess the knowledge of the basic biostatistics and methods of research among teaching staff of the five medical sciences colleges at University of Duhok.
Methods: In this cross-sectional study, a pre-designed questionnaire was distributed to all the teaching staff in the five medical sciences colleges at the University of Duhok as a google form. The questionnaire composed of ten multiple choice questions about the knowledge regarding basic methods of research and data analysis.
Results: The rate of participation was 82% with a mean age of 45.25 years and 70.3% were males. Their educational qualification was master degree for 38.2% and a Ph D or medical board in 61.8%. The rate of correct answers to all questions was low with the highest rate of on the question about Randomized Clinical Trial (54%) and the lowest on the question about p-value (11%). The study found that the number of correct answers was increased with increasing the number of published papers by the participants (P=0.0199).
Conclusions: The knowledge of the teaching staff in the five medical science colleges at UoD regarding research method and statistical analysis of data is below average in a time that they do research continuously.
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